The Spurs, under the management of Ange Postecoglou, suffered a 2-1 home loss to West Ham in their last game, their third consecutive home defeat after taking a lead. Totts will try to right their form-wrongs and recover from a historic record of going 1-0 up in five successive games without a win.
Newcastle, bossed by Steady Eddie Howe, was simply extenuated last Thursday and thus ate up a strongly disappointing 3-0 defeat to Everton in Martin Dubravka’s debut under the posts following Nick Pope’s long-term injury.
Despite recent wins against Chelsea and Manchester United, the Magpies have struggled on the road all season long, earning only two points from their last 12 matches on the road.
A victory by our boys at the North London venue inhabited by Tottenham would see NUFC overtake the Spurs for fifth; nothing crazy, mind you, considering Howe went on to defeat the Spurs with Newcastle twice in the 2022-23 season.
Here are some of Howe’s Wisdom Nuggets, courtesy of NUFC.co.uk
On what his side need to do to beat Spurs on Sunday...
“I think it would need a very similar performance to last year, where we were excellent. We were at our best defensively, we were at our best in attack as well - that was a memorable day, and that gave us a really big lift for what was ahead.
“It came at a key stage of the season, so we certainly know the importance of this match.”
On the injuries in his squad and the reaction of his available players...
“When you’re in my shoes you can only control what you can control, and some of the injuries we’ve had have just been things we’ve had no control over. We’re missing not just some big players, but big personalities as well that make a difference within the group.
“But I have to say that I think the players have done so well to cope mentally with it. We’ve beaten some big teams with a hugely reduced squad and that should give us real confidence for what’s ahead.
“If we can add some players back and they’re in good condition, that would give us a huge lift.”
On opposite manager Postecoglou and his early impact at Spurs...
“I think Tottenham have certainly changed a lot of their build-up patterns. Their formation and the way they play is totally different.
“I’ve enjoyed watching them play - (they were) free-scoring early season, with a lot of interesting movements. He has done very well in a short period of time to implement his philosophy.”
On a typically busy December and the Magpies’ need to improve their away form...
“I think we always say it’s season-defining, whatever period we’re in. Certainly December was always going to be a big month for us with the sheer number of games that we have.
“Since the last international break we made a pretty good start to that with the three games (against Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United), but we need to pick up our away form. I think that’s absolutely crucial for us and we want to do that as quickly as possible.”
- Date: Sunday, Dec. 10th
- Kick-off: 16:30 BST / 11:30 EST
- Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London (England)